The St. Louis Cardinals are parting ways with scouting director Chris Correa. He had been on a leave of absence, with the "Post-Dispatch" reporting he's been the focus of the hacking scandal involving the Houston Astros.

The Cardinals declined to say why he was let go. The team has been under investigation by the FBI for allegedly hacking into the Astros' player database.

It's believed the Cardinals gained access through old passwords from Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow, who used to be in charge of the Cardinals' scouting system.

Correa was promoted to director of amateur scouting last offseason.

An attorney for Correa, Nicholas Williams, said in a statement that
Correa ''denies any illegal conduct'' and instead pointed at the

''The relevant inquiry should be what information did former St.
Louis Cardinals employees steal from the St. Louis Cardinals
organization prior to joining the Houston Astros, and who in the
Houston Astros organization authorized, consented to, or benefited
from that roguish behavior,'' said Williams, who didn't return a
message left seeking additional comment.  (Associated Press)